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Here’s why the Republican chairwoman thinks it’ll be hard for Trump to win Michigan again

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On Monday, MLive reported that Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel admitted at a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club that President Donald Trump will have a hard time repeating his stunning 2016 victory in Michigan.

The reason? Republicans no longer control the election system there — and it’s now too easy for people to vote.

“Michigan is going to be competitive, it’s going to be harder,” said McDaniel. “You did same-day registration and you have a Democrat governor. It’s going to be a more difficult state.”

Trump himself has predicted that it will be “much easier” for him to win Michigan the second time. But McDaniel, whose grandfather George Romney served as the governor of the state, and who herself chaired the Michigan Republican Party prior to taking the reins of the RNC, is under no illusions that Trump will cruise to another victory there.

During the 2016 election, Michigan was controlled by a GOP trifecta. Now, newly-elected Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson have busied themselves implementing the state’s new voter-approved election reforms, allowing same-day voting, independent redistricting, and restoring the straight-ticket voting option. Whitmer has also promised to “roll out the red carpet” for Democratic presidential candidates, doing everything she can to boost their campaign events.

Trump is also polling poorly in the state, particularly in the wake of the tariffs on China that have harmed the state’s economy.

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McDaniel added that “we’re up for the challenge” and she could still deliver a win for Trump because Michigan is a “flyover state” where Republicans can connect with disaffected voters.

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New report targets 15 House Democrats who ‘deserve’ progressive primary challengers

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As progressive candidates continue to announce their intentions to oust corporate Democrats, a new report names 15 House Democrats to unseat in primary challenges.

Published Monday by the left-leaning group RootsAction, the new report is entitled Bad Blues: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried.'

The list, the report notes, "is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative."

"There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial, and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace," the report notes. "Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job."

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It’s Biden vs rest of Democrats in 1st 2020 debate clash

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For Democrats seeking to challenge Donald Trump in 2020, the rubber meets the road in Miami this week, where Joe Biden will defend his frontrunner status as presidential candidates finally square off face to face.

Americans are bracing for the nation's biggest political debate since the slugfests of 2016, a two-night showdown beginning Wednesday with 20 Democrats vying for a breakout moment that could showcase their talents, or see them stumble on the world stage.

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Running while brown: How Texas’ Julián Castro is navigating white presidential politics

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By the time his plane touched down in California at the end of a whirlwind week, Julián Castro had set an early political benchmark in the crowded presidential race.

It was early April, and the former mayor and housing secretary had just released a sweeping immigration policy platform, garnering national headlines and widespread praise from immigration reform advocates who went as far as calling his proposals “exactly what we need in this moment.”

Castro was still struggling to break from the pack, but he was the first in the field with a detailed plan to tackle the one issue that could come to define the 2020 presidential campaign. Yet when he sat down for an interview on comedian Bill Maher’s television show, the host instead catalogued Castro’s proposal in terms that the white men also running for president would surely never face.

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